Water Passages™ Formulae

water_passages“Water” refers to Body Fluids and “passages” to the passages of the Triple Burner where fluids are transported, transformed and excreted. This formula addresss chronic Dampness in the Lower Burner occurring against a background of Kidney deficiency. It is a variation of Zhi Bo Di Huang Wan Anemarrhena-Phellodendron-Rehmannia Pill.


Yi Yi Ren Semen Coicis
Zhi Mu Radix Anemarrhenae
Huang Bai Cortex Phellodendri
Mu Dan Pi Cortex Moutan
Fu Ling Sclerotium Poriae albae
Ze Xie Rhizoma Alismatis
Che Qian Zi Semen Plantaginis
Qu Mai Herba Dianthi
Bian Xu Herba Polygoni avicularis
Bi Xie Rhizoma Dioscoreae hypoglaucae
Huang Qi Radix Astragali
Shu Di Huang Radix Rehmanniae preparata
Shan Yao Rhizoma Dioscoreae oppositae
Tu Si Zi Semen Cuscutae
Shan Zhu Yu Fructus Corni
Bai Shao Radix Paeoniae alba
Ze Lan Herba Lycopi
Chai Hu Radix Bupleuri
Gan Cao Radix Glycyrrhizae

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Damp-Heat in the Bladder, Kidney deficiency, sinking of Qi.


Resolve Dampness and clear Heat from the Bladder, tonify the Kidneys, lift Qi.

Tongue: Sticky-yellow coating on the root with red spots on the root.
Pulse: Weak on both rear positions.

Classical Antecedent

Zhi Bo Di Huang Wan

Differences from Classical Antecedent

Stronger action in draining Damp Heat from urinary passages, tonify Qi, more balanced tonification of Kidneys (Yin and Yang).

Water Passages™ is a variation of Zhi Bo Di Huang Wan (Anemarrhena-Phellodendron-Rehmannia Pill) which nourishes Kidney-Yin and resolves Damp-Heat from the Bladder. The formula has been modified to address Kidney deficiency and a sinking of Qi.

The first eight herbs, Huang Bo Zhi Mu, Shu Di Huang, Shan Zhu Yu, Shan Yao, Ze Xie, Mu Dan Pi and Fu Ling constitute the root formula Zhi Bo Di Huang Wan.

  • Che Qian Zi, Qu Mai, Bian Xu, Bi Xie and Yi Yi Ren resolve Dampness from the urinary passages
  • Huang Qi and Chai Hu lift sinking Qi
  • Bai Shao was added to “moderate urgency”
  • Tu Si Zi was added to tonify Kidney-Yang
  • Ze Lan to resolve Dampness and invigorate Blood

This product is a dietary (food) supplement, as prescribed by a qualified practitioner. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure any disease. Do not take if nursing or pregnant. Not intended to replace a varied diet. Not to be consumed for longer 3 months on a continued basis.